Saturday, April 18, 2009

Storytime Wrap-Up: Seattle Public Library

We finally have winners of the Children's Book Sequels contest! The fabulous Minh Le and I will announce them next week, along with honorable mentions and all the other entries as well.

Today, I performed at the Madrona-Sally Goldmark branch of Seattle Public Library. This was the performance that had been postponed from December due to snow.

We had a good turn-out (29 people) and there were a number of babies as well as toddlers and preschoolers. People seemed to have a good time. I know I did. I performed my new song, "May I Walk With You?" with felt-board pieces you can see here:

There's a daytime version of this song, and a nighttime version. Here is the main body of the daytime version:

I went for a walk in the fields one day,
And I met a duck who was going my way,
"Quack, quack," said the duck, "May I walk with you,
Quack, quack," said the duck, "May I walk with you?"

Repeat with different animals.

The final verse:

And when I stopped walking, I turned to see
A whole bunch of animals following me....

[call out all the animal sounds]

Then we sat in the meadow and we all had tea,
When the party was over, they said to me,
"So long, and thanks for your company,
So long and thanks for your company."

I plan to record it eventually so that you may hear what it sounds like.

In other news, storytelling student Jody Segal had kind things to say about my gig at Third Place Books yesterday, which you may read here.


Lone Star Ma said...

Both gigs sound wonderful! I wish we could come!

Schelle said...

I love your song! I'm already singing it - probably to my own tune lol - we are stuck inside due to rain so I think I am about to get the finger puppets out(Wombat is a bit sick of playing with lego while I embroider tail feathers lol)...

It may be hard to sing while I am holding my breath though :P

Saints and Spinners said...

LSM: It just occured to me-- if I could get a gig or two in Corpus Christi, my airfare would be a business expense.

Schelle: I Went Walking by Sue Williams is one of the books upon which this song is based, and it IS Australian so... I don't know, I'm trying to make a connection here. It's also based on Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham. I'm tickled that you're singing it to your own tune.

Lone Star Ma said...

That would be so cool.

adrienne said...

Aw! Look at that sweet baby in his overalls!

Glad to hear you had fun with the storytelling. It certainly *sounds* fun. :)

tanita davis said...

I love how wee'uns (which sounds like "weans" when people here say it) wander in and out of the audience and to the front during events. A sure sign they feel welcomed and comfortable.

Schelle said...

:D it's a tradition in our house to 're-use' tunes with whatever lyrics come to mind... in this case it was easy as there is a kids song on playschool here called "I went to visit a farm one day" and your lyrics fit perfectly (with a little imagination :P)

btw my favourite tune for repurposing comes from the Veggie Tales - "Oh where is my hairbrush?"... another is from Bear in the Big Blue House "Where Oh Where Oh Where is Shadow?" Can you guess the theme that most often prompts me to song???

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Great review!

I can't wait to hear the song, too.

mamakopp said...

So nice to see you :) What a great job you have.

I wanted to tell you that we ordered the Mole Who Is On The Search For Who Dunnit as recommend at Bottom Shelf Books and I am thinking of making a wooden mole with a wooden piece of poo for his head! :D We are having a lot of fun with this book.